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In my world, every month is Black History Month. As we enter the last week of February, the month our nation chooses to honor those African Americans who’ve made an impact on our culture, I’d like to share a few thoughts with you on Colorism and the issues we’re facing in entertainment.

Take a few minutes to check out this short documentary on colorism in the entertainment industry. The video features Melyssa Ford, radio Personality Angela Yee, Rick Ross, and Cassidy among others.

I saw this video last night and I was AMAZED. Once again, brown skin girls are at the bottom of the barrel. The documentary had a few interesting points:

  • Lighter skinned models are favored over darker skinned models for music videos and movies.
  • If darker skinned models are cast, they are not cast in leading roles.
  • People constantly talk about color issues but no one is doing anything to change it.

What is the issue here? We’re still stuck with a paper bag, light is right mentality. Cassidy mentioned in the video that its hard for videographers and directors to capture emotions in the faces of darker skinned models from a distance (what?) If that were the case, Gabrielle Union and every other brown skinned actress and model would NEVER book a gig. I think that’s an excuse for a mentality that is completely played out.

In our multi cultural society, there are HUNDREDS of examples of beauty. All of which are different. The question is when will we have the guts to step away from the norm and showcase real beauty? Is it even possible for us to change the standard of beauty? It would take a lot of work, but I think it’s extremely important for our children to see women and men that look like them. It all starts with dumping derogatory stereotypes, and getting to know and understand each other. I’m a brown skinned woman, and I love it. I refuse to believe that there is no one else that feels the same way. Lets empower each other, and in turn empower ourselves. If we build each other up, it will be that much harder for outsiders to tear us down. What do you think?

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